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Japan and India Forge Closer Ties

Japan and India have agreed to expand defence ties and pledged to carry out joint military exercises and counterterrorism measures and cooperate in disaster preparedness.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Fujio Mitarai (right), chairman of Japan's biggest business lobby known as Nippon Keidanren and Hiroyuki Yoshino (left), special adviser to the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tokyo

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Fujio Mitarai (right), chairman of Japan's biggest business lobby known as Nippon Keidanren and Hiroyuki Yoshino (left), special adviser to the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tokyo

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, issued a joint statement on Wednesday in Tokyo saying the two nations made "substantive progress" on a bilateral economic partnership agreement but some ground still needed to be covered.

The two sides have also signed an agreement for economic cooperation, involving Japan's 450 billion yen (3.5 billion Euros) loan for a major freight railway project in India.

The Indian PM, who's on a three-day visit to Tokyo, also met members of the Japanese business community and urged them to boost investment in India.

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